Mercer has appointed Brain Henderson to be head of sustainable investment for UK Europe and IMETA as part of a move to strengthen its sustainable investment leadership team.
Previously Henderson was Mercer UK’s head of defined contribution consulting, where he was responsible for Mercer’s Responsible Investment Total Evaluation tool.
Mercer has also appointed Kate Brett to be its global intellectual capital leader for sustainable investment. In her new role, Brett will be responsible for developing implementable approaches to sustainable investment. She was previously head of the Europe SI team, and in her new role continues to sit on the Global SI leadership team.
Helga Birgden remains Mercer’s global chair of sustainable investment, responsible for leading Mercer’s subject matter experts within SI in support of strategic client relationships and Investment Solutions.
Mercer said these two promotions are part of a wider drive to help clients develop and apply sustainability principles to investment policies and practices.
Both Henderson and Brett have been involved in the Investment Consultants Sustainability Working Group. Henderson has been involved in other industry-wide groups including the Chartered Financial Analyst ESG working group, the Social Impact Investment Government Task Force, the and the Pensions and Lifetime Savings Association ESG working group.
Meanwhile Brett has contributed to numerous pieces of Mercer thought leadership on climate change and helped develop client-facing tools such as Analytics for Climate Transition (ACT). Brett has also represented Mercer on numerous industry collaborations including the Pensions Climate Risk Industry Group, Growing a Culture of Social Investment in the UK, and contributed to the development of the syllabus for the CFA UK’s Certificate in Climate and Investing (CCI).